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Dr. Christoph Kleineidam   Faculty

Room: M1102
Telephone: +49-7531-88-4407
Christoph.Kleineidam@uni-konstanz.de
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Group: Kleineidam

Research interests:

My work aims to better understand the neuronal basis of behavior and its consequences for social organization in insects. What are the proximate (neuronal) mechanisms for individual behavior, and how does individual behavior impact social decision-making? To approach this question, I work on two different sensory systems: odor recognition and temperature perception. More specifically, my group and I investigate the mechanisms of odor pattern recognition, especially trail following behavior in leaf-cutting ants and nestmate recognition in carpenter ants. Beside behavioral and neurophysiological investigations, we dissect the genetic basis of odor-guided behavior by identifying the differential expression of olfactory receptor coding genes. We also address the question how temperature is perceived, and how the sensory system gathers information that allows highly sensitive and fine-tuned temperature-guided behavior in social insects. In both systems, I am interested in inter-individual variability, its consequences for task-allocation and the emergence of division of labor.

Collaborations:

Our group is collaborating with several other groups, currently the most important ones are:

MPI Chemical Ecology in Jena (E. Grosse-Wilde)

University of Würzburg (F. Roces)

University of Sussex (J. van Zweden)

CNRS (legs) Gif-sur-Yvette (JC Sandoz)


Research projects:

Public press:

Hauptsache Biologie/Preisträger (Promega 2013)

Gefährliche Gäste (Deutschlandradio Kultur 2013)

Eine für Alle (Südkurier 2012)

Nest ventilation in leaf-cutting ants (AskNature 2012)

Wie unterhalten sich Ameisen (Kinderuni Tuttlingen 2011)

Kommunikation ohne Worte (Biopro 2010)

Brutpflege bei Ameisen (Scinexx 2009)

 

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Publications:

Publications of all groups

  • 32 Nagel, Manuel and Kleineidam, Christoph J. (2015). Two cold-sensitive neurons within one sensillum code for different parameters of the thermal environment in the ant Camponotus rufipes. Frontiers In Behavioral Neuroscience. 9 240. [Abstract] [doi] [BibTex]

  • 31 Smolla, Marco and Ruchty, Markus and Nagel, Manuel and Kleineidam, Christoph J. (2014). Clearing pigmented insect cuticle to investigate small insects' organs in situ using confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM).. Arthropod Struct Dev. 43 (2), 175--81. [Abstract] [doi] [BibTex]

  • 30 Brill, Martin F. and Rosenbaum, Tobias and Reus, Isabelle and Kleineidam, Christoph J. and Nawrot, Martin P. and Roessler, Wolfgang (2013). Parallel Processing via a Dual Olfactory Pathway in the Honeybee. J Neurosci. 33 (6), 2443--2456. [Abstract] [doi] [BibTex]

  • 29 Streinzer, Martin and Kelber, Christina and Pfabigan, Sarah and Kleineidam, Christoph J. and Spaethe, Johannes (2013). Sexual dimorphism in the olfactory system of a solitary and a eusocial bee species. J Comp Neurol. 521 (12), 2742--2755. [Abstract] [BibTex]

  • 28 Staab M. and Kleineidam C.J. (2013). Initiation of swarming behavior and synchronization of mating flights in the leaf-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri FOREL, 1893 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News. 19 93-102. [BibTex]

  • 27 Koch, Sarah I. and Groh, Katrin and Vogel, Heiko and Hansson, Bill S. and Kleineidam, Christoph J. and Grosse-Wilde, Ewald (2013). Caste-Specific Expression Patterns of Immune Response and Chemosensory Related Genes in the Leaf-Cutting Ant, Atta vollenweideri. PloS ONE. 8 (11), e81518--e81518. [Abstract] [doi] [BibTex]

  • 26 C. Westhus and C.J. Kleineidam and F. Roces and A. Weidenmüller (2012). Behavioural plasticity in the fanning response of bumblebee workers: impact of experience and rate of temperature change. Animal Behaviour. 85 (1), 27-34. [Abstract] [doi] [www] [BibTex]

  • 25 Brandstaetter, A. S. and Rossler, W. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2011). Friends and Foes from an Ant Brain's Point of View - Neuronal Correlates of Colony Odors in a Social Insect.. PLoS One. 6 (6), e21383. [Abstract] [doi] [www] [BibTex] [pmid]

  • 24 Brandstaetter, A. S. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2011). Distributed representation of social odors indicates parallel processing in the antennal lobe of ants.. Journal of Neurophysiology. 106 (5), 2437--49. [Abstract] [BibTex]

  • 23 Brandstaetter, A. S. and Rossler, W. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2010). Dummies versus Air Puffs: Efficient Stimulus Delivery for Low-Volatile Odors. Chemical Senses. 35 (4), 323--333. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 22 Kelber, C. and Rossler, W. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2010). Phenotypic Plasticity in Number of Glomeruli and Sensory Innervation of the Antennal Lobe in Leaf-Cutting Ant Workers (A. vollenweideri). Developmental Neurobiology. 70 (4), 222--234. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 21 Kuebler, L. S. and Kelber, C. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2010). Distinct Antennal Lobe Phenotypes in the Leaf-Cutting Ant (Atta vollenweideri). Journal of Comparative Neurology. 518 (3), 352--365. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 20 Ruchty, M. and Roces, F. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2010). Detection of Minute Temperature Transients by Thermosensitive Neurons in Ants. Journal of Neurophysiology. 104 (3), 1249--1256. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 19 Ruchty, M. and Helmchen, F. and Wehner, R. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2010). Representation of thermal information in the antennal lobe of leaf-cutting ants.. Front Behav Neurosci. 4 174. [doi] [www] [BibTex]

  • 18 Kelber, C. and Rossler, W. and Roces, F. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2009). The Antennal Lobes of Fungus-Growing Ants (Attini): Neuroanatomical Traits and Evolutionary Trends. Brain Behavior and Evolution. 73 (4), 273--284. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 17 Ruchty, M. and Romani, R. and Kuebler, L. S. and Ruschioni, S. and Roces, F. and Isidoro, N. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2009). The thermo-sensitive sensilla coeloconica of leaf-cutting ants (Atta vollenweideri). Arthropod Structure \& Development. 38 (3), 195--205. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 16 Weidenmuller, A. and Mayr, C. and Kleineidam, C. J. and Roces, F. (2009). Preimaginal and Adult Experience Modulates the Thermal Response Behavior of Ants. Current Biology. 19 (22), 1897--1902. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 15 Brandstaetter, A. S. and Endler, A. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2008). Nestmate recognition in ants is possible without tactile interaction. Naturwissenschaften. 95 (7), 601--608. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 14 Zube, C. and Kleineidam, C. J. and Kirschner, S. and Neef, J. and Rossler, W. (2008). Organization of the olfactory pathway and odor processing in the antennal lobe of the ant Camponotus floridanus. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 506 (3), 425--441. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 13 Kleineidam, C. J. and Rossler, W. and Holldobler, B. and Roces, F. (2007). Perceptual differences in trail-following leaf-cutting ants relate to body size. Journal of Insect Physiology. 53 (12), 1233--1241. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 12 Kleineidam, C. J. and Ruchty, M. and Casero-Montes, Z. A. and Roces, F. (2007). Thermal radiation as a learned orientation cue in leaf-cutting ants (Atta vollenweideri). Journal of Insect Physiology. 53 (5), 478--487. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 11 Leonhardt, S. D. and Brandstaetter, A. S. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2007). Reformation process of the neuronal template for nestmate-recognition cues in the carpenter ant Camponotus floridanus. Journal of Comparative Physiology A-neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology. 193 (9), 993--1000. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 10 Hillier, N. K. and Kleineidam, C. and Vickers, N. J. (2006). Physiology and glomerular projections of olfactory receptor neurons on the antenna of female Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae) responsive to behaviorally relevant odors. Journal of Comparative Physiology A-neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology. 192 (2), 199--219. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 9 Kelber, C. and Rossler, W. and Kleineidam, C. J. (2006). Multiple olfactory receptor neurons and their axonal projections in the antennal lobe of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 496 (3), 395--405. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 8 Kirschner, S. and Kleineidam, C. J. and Zube, C. and Rybak, J. and Grunewald, B. and Rossler, W. (2006). Dual olfactory pathway in the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 499 (6), 933--952. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 7 Kleineidam, C. J. and Obermayer, M. and Halbich, W. and Rossler, W. (2005). A macroglomerulus in the antennal lobe of leaf-cutting ant workers and its possible functional significance. Chemical Senses. 30 (5), 383--392. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 6 Weidenmuller, A. and Kleineidam, C. and Tautz, J. (2002). Collective control of nest climate parameters in bumblebee colonies. Animal Behaviour. 63 1065--1071. [doi] [BibTex]

  • 5 Kleineidam, C. and Ernst, R. and Roces, F. (2001). Wind-induced ventilation of the giant nests of the leaf-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri. Naturwissenschaften. 88 (7), 301--305. [BibTex]

  • 4 Kleineidam, C. and Roces, F. (2000). Carbon dioxide concentrations and nest ventilation in nests of the leaf-cutting ant Atta vollenweideri. Insectes Sociaux. 47 (3), 241--248. [BibTex]

  • 3 Kleineidam, C. and Romani, R. and Tautz, J. and Isidoro, N. (2000). Ultrastructure and physiology of the CO2 sensitive sensillum ampullaceum in the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens. Arthropod Structure \& Development. 29 (1), 43--55. [BibTex]